World Concert Premiere of Yes, Virginia Musical Will Be Presented in December

News   World Concert Premiere of Yes, Virginia Musical Will Be Presented in December
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will perform the world concert premiere of Macy's Yes, Virginia Dec. 14 at 2 PM at the Music Hall.

John Morris Russell will conduct the Pops along with singers and actors to be announced in a semi-staged adaptation.

The musical features book and lyrics by William Schermerhorn and music by Wesley Whatley.

Yes, Virginia The Musical was created by Macy’s in 2012 as part of its annual holiday Believe campaign.

This new musical, according to press notes, has its origins in 1897, when "eight-year old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote the New York Sun newspaper in New York City asking if Santa Claus really existed. One of the paper’s editors, Francis Pharcellus Church, wrote an impassioned response that has become the most reprinted editorial from any English language newspaper. The reading and interpretation of O’Hanlon and Church’s words have become popular Christmas traditions for many and was the inspiration for Macy’s holiday Believe campaign.

"Virginia’s story was first re-imagined as the animated special Yes, Virginia, which debuted on CBS in 2009. In celebration of the fifth anniversary of Believe, Macy’s developed a school musical adaptation of the story and made the script and score available royalty-free to schools across the country and offered $100,000 in grants to support schools’ productions. That same year, the story was also presented as a marionette show for Macy’s Herald Square flagship in New York City."

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